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Muslim Girls Being Led Off In Chains: False

Muslim Girls Being Led Off In Chains: False

I saw this image posted about muslim girls being led off in chains to be forcibly married in an article on Facebook   There are so many things incorrect in this article I barely know where to begin. Whenever I see these things I always feel a duty to explain them. Because it gives such a distorted view of Islam. A religion which is truly beautiful and empowering especially towards women. But unfortunately the only things that get shown in the media are incorrect, false, misleading, or outright lies. I don’t really blame the media. They’re just reiterating what they see. I hope people who have seen this article somehow find my blog and come to gain just a little understanding of the truth behind all of this. First I’ll start with the...

Why I’m Against Sharia Law in the US

Why I’m Against Sharia Law in the US

A friend of mine sent me a link to an article in the Huffington Post. It was about an Islamic Group in the US that is attempting to get Sharia Law passed in the US. And being that I’m muslim most people probably assume I’d be for this. So it’s a huge surprise to everyone when I say I’m not. I have many reasons for being against it, but the biggest reason is the issues raised in article as to why they want it are outright lies. In the article it states, “American Muslims do not seek to have Sharia penal laws introduced in the U.S.” and are more interested in the role of Sharia in “praying, fasting and alms-giving, as well as divorce, burials and inheritance.” My first question to that would be, “well why not...

The Mothers’ Voices Heard Round the World

I don’t talk often on this blog about religion or politics. Mainly because I believe each person has the right to believe whatever they wish to believe. And if it’s right for them, then it’s not my place to judge just because they sin differently than me. But in the last few days there were some women whose actions have sparked worldwide attention. And it amazes me at how powerful the voice of a mother can be. Like a lioness protecting her cubs, these mothers raised their voices, not to protect their own sons because their sons lay massacred at their feet. Blown to bits by hatred and violence. No, these mothers raised their voices to protect the sons and daughters of other mothers. When people think of muslims, they tend to paint us all as one....

First of Muharram: The New Year in the Islamic World

First of Muharram: The New Year in the Islamic World

I don’t normally talk much about religion here. Mainly because I”m a big believer in “live and let live”. I don’t like being preached at and therefore I don’t preach at people. The only time I make an exception is during these days and it is not to preach but more to inform. I watch lots of English news programs, CNN, Fox, al Jazeera English, etc. and they attempt to explain what the meaning is of the first day of the new Islamic Year and most often do a poor job of it. Not intentionally, I don’t think. Their biggest issue is there just are no words in the English language which can fully explain what it is we are doing and why. For that reason normally every year I try to make a few posts in various places because there...

Learning to Drive With the Top Down

I read this article today in the guardian. It was about Saudi women protesting over their right to drive.  My world view is  a very privileged one. I come from the poorest, whitest redneck southern baptist bible thumping snake handling revival town you can imagine. I grew up seeing hands being laid on people to cast out the devil, people running around the church in circles and shouting while speaking in tongues. I was baptized at the age of ten in a freezing cold creek to try to get the “devil outta me”. Then again at age 13 after I attempted suicide. I tell you all this so that you can better understand where I sit today because you see this is what I look like today:   I look like this by choice not by force. No husband or brother or father or...

Discriminating to the Death

In the Islamic world yesterday marked the 40th day after the martyrdom of the Grandson of the Prophet. It also meant billions of shia muslims around the globe commemorated this day with gatherings and processions of mourning. For some of those it would be their last day on this earth because for those whose hearts are filled with hatred these gatherings and processions make the perfect targets. In many cities and villages, most with names you probably have never heard of, bombs went off in these processions killing innocent men, women, and children and for no other reason than their beliefs were different to someone else’s. Warning: Video contains graphic images There is not a spot on this earth that hatred, intolerance, and oppression cannot reach. It...